Photo by John Dowling
Sharon Lai G’06 (far left) is among the SU students who have honed their entrepreneurial skills through off-campus experiences.
She helped the owners of the Jerk Hut, a Caribbean restaurant on Syracuse’s South Side, develop a business plan.

Empowering Entrepreneurs »

Kauffman Grant Takes Scholarship in Action to the Next Level

Syracuse University was awarded a Kauffman Campuses Initiative grant by meeting a series of criteria, including the ability to create a culture of entrepreneurship that permeates the campus, the potential to create new representative models, and the ability to collaborate with foundations and funding partners. In addition to SU, the academic and community partners of the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative supported by the Kauffman grant include the following:

  Cayuga Community College
Le Moyne College
Morrisville State College
Onondaga Community College
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Central New York Community Foundation
The Gifford Foundation
Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce
Messenger Associates Inc.
National Grid

Syracuse University was one of only nine universities across the nation in 2006 to receive a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to transform the way entrepreneurship education is taught in higher education. As part of the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, the five-year, $3 million grant supports the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative (SCCEI), a collaborative partnership fostering entrepreneurial education and innovation in the Central New York region. “Syracuse University, along with the other new Kauffman Campuses schools, will empower all students on campus to access the skills, orientation, and networks that can lead to greater individual opportunities and to the creation of jobs, innovation, and prosperity for America,” says Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based organization that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth.

SU leads a coalition of Central New York academic and community partners that apply the principles and practice of entrepreneurship through disciplined investment across three interdependent clusters: technology, neighborhood, and arts. The clusters include faculty and students from different academic fields on each campus as well as community members from a wide variety of professions.

The initiative has three key physical anchors that serve as experiential sites: the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, The Warehouse and the Arts Quarter in downtown Syracuse, and the South Side Innovation Center, a small business incubator. Activities in these locations are expected to bring visible changes, such as the formation of new ventures, improved entrepreneurial skills in the local business community and not-for-profit organizations, and revitalization of inner-city neighborhoods (see related story). Projects currently under way include a new commercial product development kitchen on the city’s South Side, which will enable neighborhood residents to turn recipes into marketable products; an Entrepreneurship Corps, consisting of graduate students, faculty, and alumni who are active in “green” entrepreneurship, which focuses on environmental problems facing the region; and the Artist Relocation Program, which offers cultural and financial incentives for arts and culture entrepreneurs to live and create enterprises in Syracuse.

“We are proud and excited to be one of a select group of institutions in the nation to receive this transformational grant from the Kauffman Foundation,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor says. “This award is perfectly aligned with our vision of Scholarship in Action, in which faculty and students across disciplines join with communities of experts to find innovative solutions to the pressing issues we face. The initiative allows us to embed an entrepreneurial mindset across our campus and throughout the region and leverage the educational, business, and cultural capital in Central New York in ways that will truly transform our communities.”

—Christine Yackel

Environment »

Studies Show Impact of Mercury Pollution in Northeast

Two collaborative studies by SU engineering professor Charles Driscoll and colleagues from the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF) in New Hampshire and Clarkson University identify five known and nine suspected biological mercury hotspots in northeastern North America and suggest that coal-fired power plants in the United States are major contributors. The HBRF team linked the hotspots to sources of mercury pollution, finding that airborne mercury emissions are the leading cause. The result of a three-year effort by the researchers, the studies were published as the January cover story of BioScience, a peer-reviewed journal. “Mercury emissions to the atmosphere cause biological mercury hotspots in watersheds sensitized by decades of acid rain, reservoirs manipulated for power production and other purposes, and locations near large emissions sources, such as coal-fired power plants,” says Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and a lead author of one of the studies.

The HBRF team of 11 scientists used a database of more than 7,300 samples to quantify mercury levels in fish and wildlife at specific lakes and reservoirs from New York to Nova Scotia. “We were surprised to find that the Adirondack Mountains of New York had some of the highest mercury levels in fish and loons in the northeastern United States,” says Driscoll, who was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. “The Adirondacks are getting a double-whammy from emission sources such as coal-fired power plants. They have been altered by decades of acid rain, and the resulting acidic conditions have increased the impact of mercury pollution.” Once mercury enters the food chain, it acts as a neurotoxin and can create health problems for fish, wildlife, and humans. In one of its findings, the team determined mercury levels in fish and wildlife can decline relatively quickly in response to decreased airborne mercury emissions within a region.

loonThe results also revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury deposition estimates near one hotspot were far too low, calling into question the appropriateness of a national mercury-trading program that may allow biological mercury hotspots to persist, despite proposed controls on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. As a result, new federal legislation, aimed at tracking mercury pollution and its effects, is being drafted. “There is still a lot we don’t understand about mercury, but it is clear that biological mercury hotspots occur and that mercury emissions from sources in the U.S., as opposed to China and other countries overseas, are the leading cause,” Driscoll says. “Mercury emissions will have to be reduced substantially from current levels if we are to see recovery in sensitive watersheds in the Northeast.”

For more information on the studies, visit

Community Engagement»

Corridor Design Under Way

This computer-generated image offers a potential look for the Connective Corridor.

Field Operations with CLEAR, a collaborative partnership that puts world-class urban design talent in the service of community vision, has been selected to develop the Connective Corridor in Syracuse. The three-mile pedestrian pathway and shuttle-bus route will link campus and downtown arts and entertainment venues, offering seamless access to the city’s rich artistic resources along an aesthetically engaging, user-friendly urban trail featuring museums, theaters, exhibition spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other attractions. Members of the Field Operations team have partnered in a variety of prestigious large-scale urban projects, including High Line Park, an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s West Side undergoing conversion to a landscaped walkway.

National Grid, Central New York’s principal utility company, sponsored the Connective Corridor design competition, and Field Operations with CLEAR was chosen from four finalists by a selection committee. Syracuse Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll approved the selection and, pending final approval by the city’s Common Council, the team will come under contract to deliver specific plans.

“The corridor is an unprecedented collaborative effort that is bringing together Syracuse’s public, private, community, and business sectors to strengthen the community, connect residents with our cultural venues, and promote further economic development,” Chancellor Nancy Cantor says. “During the design competition, Field Operations with CLEAR put forth a creative and dynamic vision, and we are excited to have such a talented group of professionals working with us to develop a specific design for the corridor.”
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London Calling

SU students meet with British singer/songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum (third from left) at a January 25 reception celebrating the London launch of the University’s Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries. The event featured a panel discussion with London-based music executives, Cullum, and Trustee Martin Bandier ’62, chair and co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing.

London calling

Academic Affairs »

Spina Named Vice Chancellor and Provost

Eric F. Spina has been appointed the University’s vice chancellor and provost by Chancellor Nancy Cantor. Spina, who had served in the position on an interim basis since July 2006, was recommended for the post by a search committee. “I am honored to be named vice chancellor and provost, and excited to be assuming a leadership position during such an exciting time at Syracuse University,” Spina says. “Our University’s vision of Scholarship in Action is advancing the quality of our academic and research programs by encouraging students and faculty to interact and collaborate across disciplines. As a result, across our campus there are new opportunities to learn, discover, and create in ways that are fueling innovation and discovery. I look forward to working with faculty, students, and staff to strengthen this critical focus and continue to build on the momentum that we have created as an institution.”

Spina joined the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1988 and served as the college’s Douglas D. Danforth Dean from December 2003 until he was named interim vice chancellor and provost last summer. He has a wide array of academic and administrative experience and expertise, and has been honored by the University and the community for his teaching and other contributions. He played a key early role in the development and implementation of initiatives by SU and New York State in indoor environmental quality and environmental quality systems—efforts that provided the foundation for federal and state research grants and technology transfer funding of tens of millions of dollars. 

As interim vice chancellor, Spina created new collaborative relationships and synergies, allowing the University to more dynamically and efficiently advance its academic mission of Scholarship in Action. For example, he formed a collaborative partnership with Louis G. Marcoccia ’68, G’69, executive vice president and chief financial officer, to jointly oversee three key areas: budget and planning, contract (research) accounting, and design and construction. They also initiated a plan that enhanced the sponsored program support process. In addition, Spina has established new relationships with both academic and non-academic institutions in the region, and expanded collaborative efforts with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He also spearheaded the proposal for the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative, which was awarded a $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (see related story).

“People from across campus and in the community know, respect, and admire Eric—and that was strongly affirmed during the search process,” Chancellor Cantor says. “I am confident that he will be an outstanding leader and collaborator for Syracuse University in areas of great academic significance in the years to come.”

—From Staff Reports

Interdisciplinary Studies »

New Journalism Programs Develop Student Expertise in Law and Religion

Whether covering sectarian violence in Iraq or the Patriot Act’s legal intricacies, journalists today face a vast range of issues connected to religion and law. For this reason, the Newhouse School is taking steps to prepare journalists to report accurately and sensitively on the law and religion worlds. “Religion and law are involved in some of the most dynamic, important news topics, day in and day out,” says journalism professor Mark Obbie, former executive editor of The American Lawyer.

With the support of a $250,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Newhouse School has established a minor in religion for journalism students and the Carnegie Legal Reporting Program, in collaboration with University College, the College of Law, and the Maxwell School. Among its offerings, the program allows students to tailor a legal studies minor. Newhouse Dean David Rubin says these programs, bolstered by the expertise of Obbie and religion and media professor Gustav Niebuhr, will enrich the Newhouse curriculum. “I have great faith in their abilities to put these programs together,” Rubin says. “Each area is undeniably critical for reporters to better understand.”

A former religion reporter for The New York Times, Niebuhr has long recognized the need for greater awareness of religious issues in the newsroom. “So many issues in the world now require some knowledge of religious language and religious tradition,” says Niebuhr, who holds a dual appointment with the religion department in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I don’t think you can understand the world, culturally, in the absence of understanding religion.”

Niebuhr believes these programs will give Newhouse graduates an advantage in the media workplace, providing them the necessary tools to conduct informed interviews.  “We want to turn out students who have enough basic knowledge and interest in these subjects,” he says.

In addition to instilling a better grasp of legal issues in journalism students, Obbie would like to interest more students in specializing in legal reporting. “If I can convince more of them to learn to cover the law in an intelligent, interesting way, then we will have achieved a huge success,” he says. One of the program’s objectives is to acquaint students with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an SU-based research center that gathers, analyzes, researches, and distributes federal law enforcement records and is used by legal reporters across the nation to track and report on staffing, spending, and enforcement.

Both Obbie and Niebuhr hope their respective programs produce a generation of reporters who will provide the public with context, balance, and accuracy in their stories. “What you’ve got here is a project that aims at a greater good—that is, public knowledge,” Niebuhr says.


Professional Development »

Society Helps Future Health Professionals Pursue Goals

Students heading into health-related professions have a lot on their plates. As undergraduates, they face such challenges as mastering organic chemistry and preparing for medical college admission tests and residencies. At SU, the Rebecca Lee Pre-Health Society guides health-related majors through this unfamiliar territory, providing mentors and a setting to empower them to succeed. “Our goal is to get students involved early, build their resumes, and increase their GPAs, so applying to medical school [or another kind] is easier and they stand out as competitive applicants,” says society treasurer Azuka Onye ’07, a biology and policy studies major.

The society is named for Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who became the first African American woman to earn an M.D. degree, graduating from the New England Female Medical College in 1864. The organization was originally created for undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups interested in pursuing health-related careers. It is now open to all students seeking medically related degrees. “The group was initially a multicultural society where students found support among people who looked like them and had similar struggles,” says society president Jade Reid ’07, a biology and African American studies major.

With more students participating, the society is creating a large network that mentor Gina Lee-Glauser says is one of the group’s significant assets. “The older students serve as a source of guidance for younger students,” says Lee-Glauser, associate vice president of research. “They all support and challenge each other to be the best they can. They fire each other up and serve to remind each other of why they are here and that they will succeed.”

The society focuses on health-related careers and often invites health professionals to serve as guest lecturers. “I encourage students to nurture their relationships with the faculty and professionals they meet,” Lee-Glauser says. “These people will contribute to their success in the future, whether it is help getting a job, writing a recommendation, or being a friendly face in the field.”

For Reid, the organization has been crucial in providing knowledge about becoming a physician. “This is one of the best things I have gotten involved with during my undergraduate years,” she says. “When you have people who care about you, support you, and want to see you succeed, it’s a beautiful thing.”       


Athletics »

Anthony Champions Orange Basketball Facility

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony ’06 speaks in December
at the grand opening of the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center
in Baltimore. Anthony, a Baltimore native, provided support for the center.

Carmelo Anthony ’06 has once again taken center court at Syracuse University. In 2003, he helped lead the Orange to its first NCAA basketball championship. In 2006, he presented SU with a $3 million gift for a new basketball practice and training facility—one of the largest individual donations to Syracuse University Athletics and one of the largest among current professional athletes to their alma maters. “This is deeper than the money,” says Anthony, captain of the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). “It is my commitment to give back to Syracuse for what they gave me when I was there. They embraced me. It’s just another way I can give back.”

Since leaving SU to play in the NBA, Anthony has maintained his bond with Syracuse, largely through his relationship with former teammates and coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73. Boeheim credits Anthony with raising the basketball program’s profile, which has “helped us tremendously in recruiting and will continue to help us because people admire and respect him, especially high school kids.” The pair reunited on the court last year when Anthony was a member of the 2006 USA Basketball Senior Men’s Team, and Boeheim served as an assistant coach. The team collected a bronze medal at the 2006 world championships in Japan. In January, Anthony was named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year.    

Anthony’s leadership gift has fueled the momentum for raising the additional funds needed to construct the new state-of-the-art basketball facility, which will house two practice courts, locker rooms, a hall of fame, and offices for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. It will also be the home court for the Orange women’s volleyball team. “We are in the design stage right now,” says Daryl Gross, director of athletics. “We expect it to be within the Lampe Athletics Complex in the area of Manley Field House. Melo’s name is going to be on it forever, and we want it to represent excellence.”

The basketball teams currently share the 44-year-old Manley Field House with several other teams, creating competition for practice time and space. Asked if he wished the new basketball facility were available while he was a student-athlete at Syracuse, Anthony replied, “Yes, of course. We practiced at Manley, and we had 10 teams in there. You had the track team on the track while we were on the basketball court, and the football team was in the weight room. Soccer and lacrosse—you had everybody in there. Now people can feel more comfortable when they are working out.”

In addition to his commitment to Syracuse, Anthony has given back to his native Baltimore and the Denver community he now calls home. In Baltimore, he sponsors an annual basketball tournament—Melo’s H.O.O.D. (Holding Our Own Destiny) Movement 3-on-3 Challenge—for kids, ages 7 to 15, and helped create a youth development center. In Lakewood, Colorado, he hosts Camp Melo, a summer basketball camp for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18. Anthony also is a major contributor to the Family Resource Centers of Colorado and established the Carmelo Anthony Foundation in 2005 to invest in programs, leaders, and community organizations that empower and provide opportunities for underserved children and families. “Carmelo has given back in his hometown and in Denver, and he has given back to Syracuse, for which I am grateful,” Boeheim says. “I’m really just grateful I had the opportunity to coach him.”



Photo by John Dowling
Stone Canoe alabaster carving by Tom Huff

Advancing the Arts »

University-Sponsored Journal Showcases
Regional Artists and Writers

At the heart of one of this region’s oldest and most meaningful stories rests the enigmatic image of a stone canoe. The journey of the Peace Maker, passed down through generations of Onondagas, is the tale of a heroic figure chosen by the Creator to travel from Lake Ontario to the Finger Lakes, spreading the message of peace among warring tribes. As proof of the power of his message, the young man carved a canoe of white granite to carry him on his journey.

An elegant symbol of this story of self-discovery, spiritual self-awareness, and the transformative power of art, the stone canoe serves as a fitting title for a new arts journal sponsored by Syracuse University and published by University College. The inaugural issue of Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts and Ideas from Upstate New York was published in March, in both print and online versions ( “Stone Canoe aims to foster a greater appreciation of the diversity that characterizes life in upstate New York,” says Robert Colley, an associate dean at University College who leads the project. “In so doing, the journal will, hopefully, contribute to the University’s efforts to play a more productive role in the life of the larger community.”

The journal showcases the creations of emerging writers and visual artists from Syracuse and upstate New York, providing them opportunities to gain exposure for their work. Several accomplished artists with connections to SU are among the first issue’s 72 contributors, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn G’70 and National Book Award finalist and creative writing professor Mary Gaitskill. “Being in this sort of distinguished company will give fledgling writers the kind of validation that can be very important at the early stages of their careers,” Colley says. A similar mix of established and emerging contributors is reflected in the journal’s visual arts section.

Guest editors oversee the editorial process, with help from selected graduate students from various campus departments. For the journal’s first issue, these included creative writing professor and poet Michael Burkard, Goldring Arts Journalism Program director Johanna Keller, ceramics professor David MacDonald, and M.F.A. candidate Daniel Torday, a former Esquire magazine editor. Creative writing professor George Saunders G’88, an acclaimed fiction writer and MacArthur Fellow, was a contributing editor. An advisory board representing a broad range of accomplishments and viewpoints in the upstate New York and SU arts communities assists the editorial group in seeking the best work from their constituencies. Writers and artists from surrounding communities and other colleges in the region, including Le Moyne, Hamilton, and Alfred, also contributed to the journal’s first issue, expressing interest in future collaborations.

The Delavan Gallery in Syracuse exhibited work by the visual artists featured in the first issue. The journal also announced this year’s recipients of an annual award series that recognizes the best submissions by emerging artists in the visual arts, fiction, and poetry. Winners receive a cash award and a replica of an alabaster stone canoe sculpture by noted artist Tom Huff, a member of the Seneca-Cayuga tribe. Plans also include poetry readings, an arts-related lecture series, and a possible course on creating and managing an arts journal. In addition, industrial and interactive design professor Denise Heckman is working with students to make the Stone Canoe web site a model of accessibility for people with disabilities who are interested in the arts. “There are many university-based arts journals, and many fine community-based ones, but none we have come across integrate the interests and talents of both town and gown as we have done,” Colley says. “So far as we know, such a university-sponsored, community-oriented arts journal is unique among cultural projects in upstate New York.”


Community Engagement »

Student Group Gets Down to Business

Photo courtesy of AIFE
SIFE student leader April Hace ’08 uses a handful of coins to teach an H.W. Smith ESL student how to make change.

Members of the SU chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)—an organization dedicated to improving the lives of its neighbors on more than 800 campuses around the world—are the kind of success-oriented, let’s-get-it-done people who hit the ground running when there is work to be done. “We started out in 2005 with just three or four interested students and the blessings of our dean,” says faculty advisor Amanda G. Nicholson, a retail marketing professor at the Whitman School of Management. “But in less than a year, we had 25 active members who launched three major ongoing projects that are already benefiting the Syracuse community. They also raised $10,500 for the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by selling T-shirts.” Lest they be thought slackers, the chapter won SIFE’s Eastern regional competition in Philadelphia, advanced to the national finals in Kansas City, and took “rookie-of-the-year” team honors at both competitions.

SU SIFE’s ongoing projects exemplify its goal of putting student energy and expertise to work for the empowerment of people in social and economic need, as well as the University’s commitment to putting scholarship in action. In 2005, a SIFE team began working with Amatullah Yamini, a Syracuse South Side entrepreneur preparing to open a shoe store. “The students helped Amatullah put the store together,” Nicholson says. “They generated a marketing plan, set up software programs, labeled boxes—everything.” In just five weeks, the Salina Shoe Salon opened for business, with SIFE members offering continuing support. “Working on the Salina Shoe project helps make things I learn from my professors tangible,” says April Hace ’08. “It gives me opportunities to apply concepts. It’s learning by doing.”

In another initiative, a SIFE team is working for Chadwick House, a place created for women making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Here, too, students do whatever is required, from repairing the building to tutoring residents preparing for the exam for a general equivalency diploma (GED). “The GED tutoring has to be one-on-one, because these women are all at different levels,” Nicholson says. “Some could barely read. Others are almost ready to go, but lack confidence.” Thus far, several have passed the exam, and in true entrepreneurial spirit, SIFE expanded the tutoring to all Syracuse residents. Impressed by the success, Whitman Dean Melvin T. Stith G’73, G’78 helped the chapter with funding to set up a dedicated GED tutoring facility. Last fall, SIFE’s Chadwick team initiated “life skills seminars” for residents, offering instruction in such areas as resume writing and dressing for job interviews.

Another SIFE team is working at Syracuse’s H.W. Smith Elementary School, where almost a third of the students are immigrants, hailing from some 40 countries, including such strife-torn nations as Somalia and Sudan. Members are working with third-graders who speak English as a second language (ESL) to supplement the efforts of ESL professionals. The SU students also teach the children financial literacy. “The children often pass on what they learn to their parents,” Nicholson says. “We’re considering expanding this program to include parents.”

In January, the chapter—which now has more than 40 members—extended its outreach internationally, sending a team to Guatemala to work with Mayan Hands, a fair trade organization representing more than 200 weavers, to develop merchandise for sale at the SU Bookstore. Although the quality and beauty of Guatemala’s hand-woven textiles are recognized worldwide, many of the expert weavers, all of whom are women, live in extreme poverty. By streamlining the product-to-market process, the SIFE project will ensure fair compensation to the weavers and introduce new products to Syracuse.

Hace, serving as co-president of the chapter with Nicole Walters ’07 says, “A lot of hard work goes into these projects, but it is very rewarding to help others. You see how a small group of motivated people can make change happen in the world.” Nicholson’s reaction goes one step further. “If you ever lose your faith in human nature,” she says, “come with us on one of our projects.”



Community Engagement »

City Elementary Students Thrive in Apprenticeship Program

Photo by Steve Sartori
roots and wings
A participant in the Roots and Wings apprenticeship program signs an autograph during “Oscar Night” last spring.

Most days, Otis Tillie lives the life of a fairly typical kid. A fifth-grader at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Syracuse, he has four sisters and two brothers, and his favorite subject is music. But one night last spring, during SU’s version of “Oscar Night,” he experienced an extraordinary evening in the spotlight—complete with a limousine ride, a walk along the red carpet, autograph requests, and an award recognizing his work as a food critic and published author in Taste of Marshall Street: A Kids’ Guide to Dining.

Tillie was one of 25 fourth- and fifth-graders from the King school who participated in Roots and Wings, an apprenticeship learning program sponsored by Hendricks Chapel that is modeled after similar programs at Citizen Schools in Boston. Organized by a class of communication and rhetorical studies students under the guidance of Rachael Gazdick ’93, and supported by faculty and staff from other SU schools and colleges, Roots and Wings offers participants five apprenticeships in an eight-week, on-campus after-school program. “The name reflects what the program is about—the idea that the kids are grounded in the community through their roots, and connected to the world by their wings,” says Gazdick, assistant director of Hendricks Chapel’s Students Offering Service organization. “We want to honor our students’ cultural identities, and, at the same time, encourage them to look at Syracuse University as a place to explore and think about their futures.”

Students in Gazdick’s Organizational Simulation course named the program, created sample logos, and designed the curriculum for the five apprenticeships: Taste of Marshall Street, in which King students taste-tested area restaurants, wrote reviews, and published a dining guide; Express Yourself, an art program that featured lessons on the color wheel and drawing techniques and led to the creation of self-portraits; Get Green, a science apprenticeship on the Earth’s ecosystem that was led by Emily Coleman, director of research at the Graduate Enrollment Management Center; Click, a photography workshop; and Lights, Camera, Action, in which kids filmed news, weather, and sports reports for broadcast. Held at campus locations, including Hendricks Chapel, the Alibrandi Catholic Center, and the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life, each apprenticeship combined lessons and activities with the creation of a product, while supporting development of the King students’ writing and computer skills. “The kids wrote about everything they learned in each session, and gave presentations about their apprenticeships to the rest of the group,” Gazdick says.

On Oscar Night—an event at Hendricks supported by individual donations—students dressed in their finest and presented their work to an audience of family and friends. The SU students who led the apprenticeships donned formal attire and hosted the event, greeting the kids when they arrived by limousine. “We celebrated their academic achievements by giving every child an award,” Gazdick says. She hopes to expand the program to include more SU faculty and community professionals as mentors, and eventually open the opportunity to more children. “Maybe down the line this program can serve as a model for other schools in the Syracuse district,” Gazdick says. “For now, I’m just happy the apprenticeships were successful, and that the kids had a really good learning experience.”


Interdisciplinary Studies »

Institute Focuses on Convergence of Law, Politics, and the Media

In March 2005, Judge Joanne Fogel Alper ’72 expressed her frustration to Chancellor Nancy Cantor and College of Law Dean Hannah Arterian about the Terri Schiavo case and the biased reporting on the role of the courts in that national right-to-die battle. “There was no one out there who could speak or inform the public,” says Alper, a University Trustee and judge of the 17th Circuit Court of Virginia who was then president of the SU Alumni Association. “Everyone who spoke was a partisan. Everyone had an ax to grind.” Working with Arterian, Alper proposed an interdisciplinary symposium to address the independent judiciary and examine the legal, political, and media connections encompassed by the Schiavo case and others. In October 2005, SU hosted a national symposium in Washington, D.C., to discuss those connections. Broadcast on C-SPAN, the event featured 23 legal scholars, political scientists, judges, journalists, and policymakers.

Building on the conference’s success and the evident need for ongoing discussion of these themes, the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM) was established last fall at SU. A unique collaboration of the College of Law, the Maxwell School, and the Newhouse School, the institute is the first of its kind in the country. According to IJPM director Keith Bybee, the institute’s goal is to examine and discuss how law, politics, and the media increasingly intersect in our culture. “We’re not pushing a set of answers,” says Bybee, a political science professor and the Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics. “We’re trying to get a group of academics and professionals to address a set of questions. We want thoughtful, relevant academic discussions that are attractive to a diverse audience of students, professors, and practitioners.”

Last fall the institute launched a series of symposia, including one on the Duke University lacrosse case and another on independent voices in the judicial appointment process. Two more panel discussions and a lecture were scheduled for this spring. The institute also sponsors a luncheon series that allows graduate students to have informal discussions with guest speakers. In addition, IJPM established research fellowships and project grants for faculty and graduate students on campus. This summer, Stanford University Press will publish a collection of essays by some of the 2005 D.C. conference participants, and Bybee hopes the book will be the first in a series examining the convergence of law, politics, and the media. The institute also plans to offer a concentration in law, politics, and media studies at the College of Law and help the University establish a legal studies undergraduate major.

Bybee is joined at IJPM by associate directors Lisa Dolak G’88, law professor and senior associate dean at the College of Law, and Mark Obbie, journalism professor and director of the Carnegie Legal Reporting Program at Newhouse (see related story). According to Bybee, the three professors and their colleges work together much like the issues the institute addresses. “It’s interdisciplinary engagement in a real sense—a truly collective nature,” he says.


News Makers

Author Frank McCourt will share his wit and wisdom with the
Class of 2007 at Commencement.

Author Frank McCourt, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1996 memoir Angela’s Ashes, will deliver the Commencement address to the Class of 2007 on May 13 in the Carrier Dome.

Several faculty members from the Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music were part of a team that collaborated on the recording of Corigliano: Violin Sonata, Etude Fantasy (Black Box), which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the chamber music category. The recording, performed in Crouse College’s Setnor Auditorium, features Le Moyne College professor Andrew Russo on piano, Corey Cerovsek on violin, and Setnor professor Steven Heyman on piano. Professor John Laverty, director of University Bands, co-produced the work, and Professor James Abbott engineered, edited, and mastered the recording, while Setnor students and staff helped coordinate the production.

School of Information Studies professors Dave Dischiave and Susan Dischiave received the 2006 Faculty Award from IBM for creating the course Enterprise Systems Technology and for infusing large-scale information technology thinking into their other courses as well.

The Warehouse, SU’s downtown Syracuse building, was honored by New York Construction magazine as one of the best construction projects for 2006. The building renovation, conducted by Gluckman Mayner Architects of New York City in partnership with VIP Structures of Syracuse, was cited as the best higher education project in the New York tri-state area.

Mariana Lebrón, director of orientation and transitions services, was named one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

The jersey of former Orange basketball star Rony Seikaly ’88 was retired on January 13 during halftime of the Syracuse-Villanova game in the Carrier Dome. Seikaly joins six other SU players whose jerseys have been retired: Dave Bing ’66, Derrick Coleman ’90, Sherman Douglas ’89, Vic Hanson ’27, Wilmeth Sidat-Singh ’39, and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington ’87.

Linda Martín Alcoff, professor of philosophy, women’s studies, and political science, was named to Hispanic Business magazine’s annual list of “100 Influentials.” Alcoff, who directs the women’s studies program, was recognized for her work in education. The list was published in the magazine’s October 2006 issue.

Hannah Frieser, director of Light Work, was elected to the board of directors for the Society for Photographic Education, a national nonprofit arts organization.

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Former SU basketball star Rony Seikaly ’88 waves to an appreciative Carrier Dome crowd as his jersey is retired in January.
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